Just two years following Lincoln’s rebrand of the MKX to Nautilus, to better align with the current nomenclature and design language, the second-generation vehicle receives a refresh yet again, this time primarily focusing on the cabin and technology.
“Nautilus plays a critical role in bringing new clients to the brand, especially those who are looking for the flexibility of a larger midsize SUV and appreciate the luxurious features and design that set Lincoln apart,” said Michael Sprague, Lincoln North America director, in a press release. “The intent for the new Nautilus was refinement, rounding out our distinct lineup of SUVs — truly creating sanctuary.”
Mirroring the serene elements of nature, occupants will notice styling elements inspired by the horizon. The dashboard is drastically different, now incorporating a long flat piece housing the air vents and supporting a massive central 13.2-inch display.
A fresh Sandstone interior colour palette is available, boasting neutral tones and plenty of light to dark contrasting. Premium materials of course abound, such as supple leather, genuine wood finishes and polished chrome accenting.
Complementing the huge screen is the evolved SYNC 4 infotainment system, featuring a Lincoln-exclusive Constellation background theme to set it apart from the Ford version. Completely revamped, it now allows the ability for mobile devices to connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly, without the need to plug in a physical USB cable. Also, visiting the dealership for software updates will become a thing of the past, as SYNC is able to receive them securely over-the-air,A AA similar to a smartphone or PC.
Under the hood, the vehicle remains powered by a standard 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine, with the option of a 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged V6, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Look for the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus to begin arriving in dealerships in the coming months.